EXETER —Seabreeze Quilt Guild members of Exeter are pleased to introduce their Storybook Quilts Education Program and invite local Elementary schools and interested children’s groups to participate. The goal of this new Program is for the Guild to help foster local children’s love of reading, along with an appreciation of quilting as a distinctly American art form. A Library of quilt-themed books have been paired with small quilts made by Guild members and can be loaned to local schools and qualified groups. These books are child appropriate and each are accompanied by a specially made quilt used for a hands-on depiction of each story.
Initially conceived as an American craft, quilting deserves to be preserved as an important part of our culture. The Guild believes that reading quilt-themed storybooks to children, showing a quilt that has been made to compliment each book, and answering questions about the quilting process and quilting heritage will encourage an appreciation of, and perhaps spark an interest in the art of quilt making.
The initial fifteen books in the Library are suitable for grades pre-K through 6. They address a variety of themes including personal loss, tolerance, death of a loved one, perseverance, moving, and appreciation of heritage.
Lesson plans, discussions and class activities are available on request for most storybooks. The books can be requested for a period of two weeks on a loan-and-return basis. Donations of Quilt-themed storybooks are always welcome.
For contact information, visit Seabreeze Quilt Guild’s website at www.seabreezequiltguild.org.